Middle East update: March 22 2018

SYRIA While it’s being overshadowed by events in the rest of the country, fighting in Idlib province hasn’t stopped even if it has declined from where it was a few weeks ago: BREAKING: A monitoring group and the opposition's paramedics say an airstrike on a market in northwest Syria has killed 28. — The Associated… Continue reading Middle East update: March 22 2018

Middle East update: March 12 2018

SYRIA As the fighting in Eastern Ghouta continues, the situation in the city of Douma in particular seems to be reaching an even more critical level. People displaced by the fighting elsewhere in the enclave have fled to Douma for safety, but now they’re cramped in a city that’s being constantly bombarded and is surrounded… Continue reading Middle East update: March 12 2018

Middle East update: March 10-11 2018

SYRIA After several days full of conflicting reports, it seems everybody finally got on the same page with respect to Eastern Ghouta, and by that I mean everybody seems to be in agreement that pro-government forces have cut the territory¬†into (at least) two sections and possibly three. Over the weekend they captured the towns of… Continue reading Middle East update: March 10-11 2018

Middle East update: February 24-25 2018

SYRIA On Saturday, the United Nations Security Council finally managed to get everybody on the same page and unanimously voted to establish a 30 day humanitarian ceasefire in Damascus’s battered Eastern Ghouta suburb. The fighting there started again on Sunday: A new United Nations resolution demanding a cease-fire across Syria appeared to have little effect… Continue reading Middle East update: February 24-25 2018

Middle East update: January 15 2018

IRAQ At least 38 people were reportedly killed on Monday in a double suicide bombing in Baghdad’s Tayaran Square area. Casualty reports are contradictory, as they often are in these situations, but the highest count I’ve seen says that over 100 other people were injured in the attack. This is the second terrorist attack in… Continue reading Middle East update: January 15 2018

Middle East update: December 20 2017

SYRIA Overnight airstrikes killed 19 civilians in the rebel-held Idlib village of¬†Maar Shureen, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Russia denied involvement, which means it was likely the Syrian air force that carried out the attack. Witnesses allege that this was a double-tap strike, with a second bombing following shortly after the first… Continue reading Middle East update: December 20 2017

Middle East update: December 19 2017

ISIS While American officials are pushing the line that most ISIS fighters have perished on the Syrian-Iraqi battlefield over the past several months, BuzzFeed reporters investigating the situation at the Syrian-Turkish border say that the story isn’t quite so neat or comforting: Interviews with smugglers and human traffickers, carried out over the summer and fall,… Continue reading Middle East update: December 19 2017